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Greek hoteliers fear 'disaster' if virus lockdown persists

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Hotels in Greece will be temporarily shut until the end of April 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus

Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens on March 13, 2020. - Greece on March 13 shut down its museums and archaeological sites until March 30 because of a shortage of guards amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the culture ministry said. The government has shut down Schools and universities, courts, cinemas, gyms and other indoor public gathering areas for two weeks in an effort to curb the outbreak. Greece has so far declared 117 cases of the coronavirus, one of whom died on March 12 after 10 days in hospital. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

Filipino tests positive for coronavirus in Greece

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The newest case brings to 126 the number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the coronavirus

Coronavirus death toll in Greece rises to 3

Mar 14, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The health ministry says 2 men who had underlying health problems died

Greece hands reins to 1st woman president

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a 63-year-old senior judge, becomes the new Greek head of state for a five-year term

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT. President of Council of State Katerina Sakellaropoulou looks on as the President of the Greek Parliament presents the result of a parliament vote for the election of the new President of the Greek Republic, in Athens on January 22, 2020. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou/Pool/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

UN urges calm amid migrant surge at Turkey-Greece border

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The International Organization for Migration says some 13,000 migrants have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, including families with young children

FLEE ON FOOT. Migrants walk towards Greece along the Turkey-Greece border near Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on March 1, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Greece reports 1st coronavirus case in traveler from Italy

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Italy, making it the hardest-hit country in Europe

FIRST CASE. Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias (C-R) speaks during a meeting in Thessaloniki, in the region of Central Macedonia, on February 26, 2020. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Greece elects first woman president

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:03 PM

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs votes in favor of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas says

THE NEW PRESIDENT. A photograph taken on October 18, 2018 shows candidate for the Greek Presidency Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, then President of the Council, in Athens. Photo by Vassilis Rempapis/Eurokinissi/AFP

At least 12 dead in migrant boat sinking – Greek coast guard

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

The coast guard says over 20 other people had been found alive

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

PH closely monitors kidnap of 2 Filipino sailors in Cameroon

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The Filipino seamen are among 8 crew members of a Greek oil tanker abducted in a port in Cameroon on New Year's Eve

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Photo from Wikicommons

2 Filipinos among sailors abducted from Greek oil tanker in Cameroon port

Dec 31, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The 2 Filipinos are among 8 seamen aboard the Greek oil tanker Happy Lady who were abducted by armed men

Greece 'wants a say' in Libya peace process – PM

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'We do not want a source of instability in our neighborhood. Therefore we want a say in developments in Libya,' says prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, Greece's newly elected Prime Minister and leader of conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks to the press outside the party's headquarters after the official results of the elections, in Athens on July 7, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Newborn saved from garbage death in Greece

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:32 PM

'The baby was fortunate in its misfortune...there was a delay in the day's collection,' says Kalamata mayor Thanassis Vassilopoulos

41 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Greece

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Police say the migrants, of apparent Afghan origin, are mostly in good condition but 7 received first aid in the hospital

First Neanderthal activity found on Greek island – study

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'Until now, the earliest known location on Naxos was the Cave of Zas, dated to 7,000 years ago. We have extended the history of the island by 193,000 years,' anthropologist Tristan Carter says

Former NBA coach Blatt leaves Olympiakos

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:14 PM

David Blatt, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2015, is currently diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis

FAREWELL. It is uncertain, though, whether David Blatt leaving is related to his health. Photo from David Blatt Facebook page


Greek police evict over 200 migrants from Athens squats

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Some 230 people, including 70 children, are removed and taken to the police headquarters for identification, Athens municipal radio reported

GREEK POLICE. An anti-riot police officer detains a protester in Exarchia district in central Athens on September 14, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Large forest fire blazing near Athens

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Greek fire department says it had been called to nearly 80 fires over the past 24 hours

Row over Greek police raids in bohemian Athens district

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The government says organized crime is rampant in Exarchia, but residents note the crackdown could be linked to gentrification

CONSERVATIVE PM. In this file photo, Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI/AFP

Greece seeks to ban referees after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos accuses referees of disrespecting NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo

FOULED OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo fouls out as Greece ends its bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown. Photo from FIBA

MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece fall to USA at World Cup

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Stop NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to stop Greece – Team USA did just that to advance to the quarterfinals

GANG DEFENSE. US stalwarts swarm Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo all game. Photo from fiba.basketball

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Firefighters contain major blaze near Athens

Aug 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

At least two houses are burned but there were no reports of injuries as police are able to quickly evacuate the area and block roads

6 tourists killed in storms in Greece

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Officials declare a state of emergency and army crews are working around the clock to restore electricity

GREECE STORM. Tourists walk past a fallen roof covered in solar panels after a storm in Nea Plagia, in Chalkidiki, Northern Greece, on July 11, 2019. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Mitsotakis becomes Greece's new PM on vow to end economic crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 51-year-old Harvard graduate and former McKinsey consultant has pledged to create jobs and get rid of obstacles to business

SWORN IN. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) is sworn-in at the presidential palace in Athens on July 8, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

PM-elect Mitsotakis vows to make Greece 'proud' after vote triumph

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Official results show Mitsotakis on track to crush leftist premier Alexis Tsipras, who oversaw austerity meausures after Greece's dramatic rescue by international creditors in the European debt crisis

THE NEW PRIME MINISTER. Greece's newly elected Prime Minister and leader of conservative New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaks to the press outside the party's headquarters after the official results of the elections, in Athens on July 7, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Gilas Youth absorbs heartbreaking loss to Kiwis, settles for 14th

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The breaks of the game didn't go the Philippines' way as the young Filipinos end their U19 World Cup campaign with a painful loss to New Zealand

Photo from FIBA

Greece heads to polls with voters expected to oust Tsipras

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Polls forecast that Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker and scion of a leading Greek political family, will win an absolute majority in Sunday's legislative elections

ELECTIONS. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to overcome a 10-point deficit in opinion polls amid widespread dissatisfaction after years of high taxation. Photo by Milos Bicanski / AFP

Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

After scoring its first triumph over China, the Philippines goes for a best possible finish of 13th place

STEPPING UP. Carl Tamayo and Gilas Pilipinas Youth prove their mettle this time. File photo from FIBA

Australia pummels free-falling Gilas Youth in U19 World Cup

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:27 PM

A World Cup victory remains elusive as the Philippines gets mauled by Australia at the start of the classification phase

ONE-SIDED. Australia overwhelms Dalph Panopio and the Gilas Pilipinas Youth Team right from the get-go. Photo from FIBA

Serbia knocks Gilas Youth out of U19 World Cup contention

Jul 04, 2019 - 1:15 AM

Winless in 4 outings, the Philippines gets relegated to the classification round

MAJOR CHALLENGE. Kai Sotto and Gilas Pilipinas Youth find Serbia tough on both ends. Photo from FIBA

Russia destroys Gilas Youth to end U19 World Cup group phase

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:33 AM

The Philippines drops its third straight game to finish at the bottom of Group C

Photo from FIBA

Gilas Youth falls short vs Argentina, stays winless in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:18 AM

Dave Ildefonso finishes with a double-double and does most of the late heavy lifting for the Philippines, but Argentina builds enough lead to escape

ACHING TO WIN. Dave Ildefonso and Gilas Pilipinas Youth are still looking for their first win in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


AJ Edu 'most probably' suffered ACL injury, says SBP chief

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The Filipino-Nigerian started for the Philippines in its first match against Greece in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, but hurt his knee on a drive attempt early

BIG LOSS. Gilas Pilipinas Youth standout AJ Edu sustains what appeared to be a knee injury early in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sotto, Gilas Youth fall to Greece in FIBA U19 World Cup opener

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:19 AM

The Philippines could not maintain its hot start as AJ Edu goes down after hurting his knee early

BAD START. Gilas Pilipinas Youth drops its opening game in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Greece – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Bookmark for updates on the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team's match versus host Greece in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

GAME SCHEDULE: Gilas Youth at FIBA U19 World Cup 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:22 PM

The tallest Gilas Youth team sizes up to lofty expectations in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health, education

May 12, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Public hospitals and schools in Greece continue to struggle as a result of the country's debt crisis, affecting poverty-stricken patients and the quality of education

Retired tenor Achilleas Papadopoulos looks at the medicines he received at the social pharmacy of Elliniko in this picture taken on February 27, 2019. - The pharmacy runs on donated medicine and disposables. Some 40,000 people have brought medicine, many from abroad. During nearly a decade of cuts imposed as Greece struggled to avert national bankruptcy, public education and health were among the sectors hit the hardest as the country lost a quarter of its national output. Amid sweeping layoffs, wage cuts and tax hikes, many found themselves unable to keep up with their social insurance contributions, and were therefore pushed out of state-provided health support. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece in unique island exhibition

May 11, 2019 - 11:23 PM

British contemporary artist Antony Gormley is showing 29 of his sculptures on the island of Delos

A tourist walks past the steel sculpture "Shift II" by renowned British artist Antony Gormley and part of his exhibition "Sight" and displayed at the archaeological museum on the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on May 3, 2019. Near the Greek island of Mykonos, in the Cyclades, the uninhabited island of Delos, known for its archaeological riches, hosts for the first time on an ancient Greek site an exhibition of contemporary art: 29 sculptures by the British artist Antony Gormley. The exhibition will run until October 30, 2019. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

Grenade blast outside Russian consulate in Greece – police

Mar 22, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) The attack occurs at around 0200 GMT, with no one immediately claiming responsibility

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

Greek MPs approve Macedonia name change in 'historic' deal

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approve the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition

HISTORIC. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on January 25, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

4 arrested in plot to target Muslims in New York state

Jan 24, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Police identify 3 young men arrested for allegedly planning a 'potentially lethal, attack on a Muslim community. A fourth unidentified suspect, aged 16, was also detained.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 23, 2019 shows booking photos courtesy of the Greece Police Department, of three of four suspects (L-R)Vincent Vetromile 19,of Greece, NY, Brian Colaneri, 20, of Gates,NY and Andrew Crysel, 18 of East Rochester,NY. - Four young people between the ages of 16 and 20 have been arrested in northern New York State and accused of preparing a "potentially lethal" attack on a Muslim community regularly targeted by extremist sites, police said Wednesday. Police in the small town of Greece, near the Canadian border, recovered three explosive devices and 23 weapons - mostly shotguns - from the homes of arrested youth, according to spokeswoman Jared Rene. (Photos by HO / The Greece Police Department / AFP)

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia deal amid political turmoil

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on January 23 and 24 before the vote

PROTESTS. Protestors hold a flag of the Greece's Macedonia region in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on January 20, 2019 during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonian accord

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Greeks are protesting a planned name change for its neighbor: 'There is only one Macedonia, the Greek Macedonia'

NAME CHANGE. Greeks protest the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. The proposal faces resistance in Greece because of what critics see as the implied claims to Greek land and cultural heritage. For most Greeks, Macedonia is the name of their history-rich northern province made famous by Alexander the Great's conquests. Photo by AFP

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Our parliament found the strength but it wasn't easy. But I am convinced that the Greek parliament will also find the strength to make the decision,' says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN